Generous teen brightens children’s ward
SUNSHINE Coast teenager Rose Maynard has a mission to put a smile on the face of every child at the Caboolture hospital.
Ms Maynard, 14, was inspired three years ago by the experience of her little brother, Ben, to make the hospital a happy place for kids with an annual toy run. Ben suffers from Tourette Syndrome and attention-deficient disorder, and has been frequently in the hospital.
Ms Maynard’s 4x4 Toy Run gathers toys donated from Coast residents to be given to children at the hospital.
“I know how hard it is for families to have brothers, sisters or their kids in hospital,” the Beerwah High Year 9 student said.
“My little brother has disabilities and is always in and out of hospital – it has a really big impact on my family and especially him.
“The idea of giving every child a toy gives them comfort and something fun to keep and play with during their stay.”
In previous years, the toy deliveries had brought some children to tears.
“It can be hard to watch,” she said. “But a single smile can make someone’s day, and that’s why we are doing this.”
The 4x4 Toy Run will be held at Caboolture showgrounds on Saturday, December 17, from 10am. To take part, bring along a toy to donate and enjoy a barbecue lunch.
The event then migrates to the hospital, where Santa delivers the toys.
Anyone wanting to get involved in the event or learn more should search “Roses 4X4 TOY RUN” on Facebook.
HELPING OUT: Rose Maynard, 14, is organising a Christmas toy run.